Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends — and hardly ever our own grown children. ~Ruth Goode
The bonds which are created when a new baby is born extend beyond parent and child. In fact, any grandparent will tell you that the relationships with their grandchildren are among the strongest they have ever experienced. But once parents become grandparents, studies also indicate that the relationship with their grown children improves as well – indicating that building a strong inter-generational connection is one of the best things you can do for your family. National Grandparents Day is a time set aside to recognize how important the older generations are to our legacy, and Grandparents Day flowers are a great way to celebrate. .
Marian McQuade was the driving force behind the establishment of the holiday. A mother and grandmother herself, she did not think it an opportunity for another commercial celebration – rather she envisioned the day becoming an opportunity for family reunions and time spent together. She felt strongly that imparting stories, history, wisdom and legacy was important to the younger generations – and for those younger generations to reciprocate with love and gratitude. Although culturally America had drifted from living in multi-generational homes in recent decades, we are seeing a return to this tradition. In 2017, 37% of households have a grandparent living as head of the home, and the number is increasing every day. Whether this is due to economic pressures, health issues, or some other dynamic, it is clear that the situation is generally very beneficial to all involved.
A Few Dollars from Grandma: We’ve all heard of Grandma putting $5 in a birthday card, but today’s grandparents are far more generous. The older generation spends $52 billion dollars per year on their grandchildren, and most can afford to – grandparents also represent 75% of the wealth and disposable income in the United States.
If you are looking for a meaningful and beautiful way to honor your grandparents – or to help your children do so – the floral designers at Bagoy’s Florist & Home are happy to help. Whether Grandparents Day flowers for her or a box of gourmet chocolates for him, we’ve got everything you need to let them know how special they are.